For four months, I studied abroad in London, England. These notes are select entries from my experiences in the United Kingdom and Western Europe from that time.
Saturday, September 19 –
This morning I woke up around 7 a.m. to prepare for a daytrip to Salisbury. My fellow students Doug, Caroline and I walked down to the Gloucester Road station to catch the tube to Westminster, connecting via the Hammersmith and City line to Waterloo Station. It was the first time I had ever visited Waterloo, terminus for the Eurostar trains from Paris and Bruxelles, so it was neat seeing the trains for the first time today.
We found Kathy who had gone earlier to buy a railcard, and we all bought our tickets and waited on our train. Our train left at 9:30 and arrived at 11:15 in Salisbury, Wiltshire. I was able to get a lot done on the train including journal entries and postcards.
Afterwards upon arrival, we toured the beautiful and historic Salisbury Cathedral – one of the most famous buildings in England. With its 404-foot spire, the tallest in the UK, the cathedral shoots up dramatically above the Salisbury Plains. The beautiful cathedral was stunning with gorgeous stained glass, a massive interior knave, and pre-gothic interior arches intended to draw your eyes towards God. It was interesting to walking around a building that was very much ahead of its time in 1200 A.D. A fascinating attraction inside is the oldest functioning clock in Britain, dating back to 1386. I also saw one of four original copies of the Magna Carta, which was on leather.
For lunch, Doug and I had shepherd’s pie while Caroline and Kathy ate at a bakery. Doug decided to go on back to London while I wanted to explore around. After a little walking around town, I saw Doug at the train station and we left around 15:45 for the two-hour train ride back to London. We didn’t arrive at Waterloo until about 21:00 because of a track fatality involving a child that fell from a train.
Doug and I went to get pizzas for three quid, before we played Trivia Pursuit with others. It was a great Saturday of relaxing travels in southern England, but I was worn out. I finally hit the sack at about 1 a.m.